The Academy Has Spoken! See the Full List of 2015 Oscar Nominees

<em>The Grand Budapest Hotel</em> and <em>Birdman</em> nab nine nominations each, making them the top contenders at the 87th Academy Awards next month

Finally, that most awaited morning in the movie year calendar has arrived. The Oscar nominations were announced earlier today and the Academy’s picks for this year’s cinematic highlights are already the topic of much debate. Ava DuVernay’s Selma, an intimate portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, received only two nominations, one for Best Picture and one for Best Song (John Legend and Common’s song “Glory” won Best Song at the Golden Globes Sunday). Ava DuVernay and Selma-star David Oyelowo were not nominated in their respective categories despite DuVernay’s historic Golden Globe nomination in the Best Director category and widespread buzz that the film would take the Oscars by storm. Instead Selma got more of a nod of appreciation than a hand of applause.

This morning’s biggest winners were The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman, who were each nominated in nine categories. Director Wes Anderson has in a few years gone from outre auteur beloved by cinephiles and hipsters to a major force in mainstream cinema. The Grand Budapest Hotel had Oscar noms written all over it when it came out last March, so it’s no big surprise it did so well. Similarly, Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton who won Best Actor in a Comedy for his performance at the Golden Globes, and its march of triumph was expected. The Academy loves nothing more than a dark tale told from within the belly of the beast that is the entertainment industry.

Other nominations of note include Rory Kennedy’s Last Days in Vietnam (we spoke with the director last year about her stunning documentary, which chronicles in great detail the final evacuation of Saigon after the Vietnam War) for Best Documentary Feature. Kennedy is up against among others the critically acclaimed Virunga, about endangered mountain gorillas in DR Congo, and the Oscar favorite Citizenfour, Laura Poitra’s thrilling portrait of Edward Snowden.

Shawn Patterson’s summer earworm “Everything is Awesome” (performed by The Lonely Island, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Tegan and Sara) from the soundtrack to The LEGO Movie was, not surprisingly, nominated for Best Original Song. What does come as a surprise is the fact that The LEGO Movie, which was well-received by critics and did well at the box office, wasn’t nominated in the Animated Feature category. Turns out everything isn’t so awesome after all.

Other eye-raisers:

Bradley Cooper is nominated in Best Lead for his work in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (also nominated in five other categories).

J.K. Simmons is nominated in Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash and he’s a strong contender. Last Sunday, he won a Golden Globe for his part in the film.

It comes as no surprise that Richard Linklater’s marathon experiment of a movie, Boyhood, is nominated in six categories. Patricia Arquette is a favorite in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role (she won a Golden Globe for her performance) and Richard Linklater may swoop in and take Best Director in front of Wes Anderson and  Alejandro Iñárritu.

Laura Dern is nominated in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Wild, in which she plays the mother to Reese Witherspoon’s wandering protagonist. Dern is far from a favorite in the category (Patricia Arquette is) but she deserves the recognition for her stellar performance.

The Full List of Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards:

Best Picture
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Director
Alejandro G. Iñárritu: Birdman
Richard Linklater: Boyhood
Bennett Miller: Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum: The Imitation Game

Best Actor
Steve Carell: Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper: American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch: The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton: Birdman
Eddie Redmayne: The Theory of Everything

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard: Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones: The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore: Still Alice
Rosamund Pike: Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon: Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall: The Judge
Ethan Hawke: Boyhood
Edward Norton: Birdman
Mark Ruffalo: Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons: Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette: Boyhood
Laura Dern: Wild
Keira Knightley: The Imitation Game
Emma Stone: Birdman
Meryl Streep: Into the Woods

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki: Birdman
Robert Yeoman: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski: Ida
Dick Pope: Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins: Unbroken

Best Foreign Language Film
Ida: Poland
: Russia
: Estonia
: Mauritania
Wild Tales
: Argentina

Best Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper: Jason Hall
The Imitation Game: Graham Moore
Inherent Vice
: Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything
: Anthony McCarten
: Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay
Birdman: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
: Richard Linklater
: E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
: Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
: Dan Gilroy

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, Foxcatcher
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White: Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie; Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from Selma; Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me; Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again; Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Documentary—Short
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

Best Film Editing
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach: American Sniper
Sandra Adair: Boyhood
Barney Pilling: The Grand Budapest Hotel
William Goldenberg: The Imitation Game
Tom Cross: Whiplash

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
The Imitation Game
: Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
: Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
Into the WoodsI
: Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Mr. Turner
: Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

Best Animated Short
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Live Action Short
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
The Phone Call

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper: Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Birdman: Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five
Armies: Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
: Richard King
Unbroken: Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper: John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
Birdman: Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
: Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
: Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
: Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Best Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
Guardians of the Galaxy: Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
Interstellar: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
X-Men: Days of Future Past: 
Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

Best Documentary — Feature
Finding Vivien Maier
Last Days of Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth

Best Costume Design
Milena Canonero: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mark Bridges: Inherent Vice
Colleen Atwood: Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive: Maleficent
Jacqueline Durran: Mr. Turner